Even with the legalization of marijuana still a few months away, store fronts are already starting to pop up in High River.

Mayor Craig Snodgrass says he's seen the one in the mall near the Tim Horton's in High River's north east, with more on the way.

"I think that's the first one that's gone through the full permitting process, that's getting it done. But there's three others in downtown High River that are kicking the tires to look at opening shop. You know, no, that's not the only one. There will be others."

Snodgrass says most will be offering medical cannabis to start and then likely adding recreational varieties once it becomes legal on Wednesday, October 17.

"If there was a legitimate concern that somebody have, we'd have heard about it in the Town. And I have heard nothing. And I'm serious about that because I'm shocked about it as well."

Snodgrass says he welcomes the new businesses with open arms, as they'll fill now empty store fronts and contribute to the local economy.


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